The best use of a 12" sharpening steel rod-honing steel is to maintain the edge on all your kitchen, butcher and chef's knives. This sharpening steel rod for knives extends the life of your cutlery it sharpens and re-aligns blade edges with regular use. The sharpening rod is made of carbon steel and plated with nickel-chrome. The ergonomic slip-resistant polymer handle fits comfortably in the hand the loop on the handle is for hanging. The rod wipe clean with a damp cloth. This sharpening steel rod is for all types of knives, including kitchen, household, sporting, and pocket knives it will sharpen any standard knife with a plan edge.